Kevin is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences from Houston, Texas majoring in economics and political science. On campus, Kevin is on the Research and Development team of TRUTH (Transforming Racial Understanding Through Honesty), which is a student group that facilitates discussions about race, power, and privilege with other groups on campus including Student Union and Greek Life. He’s passionate about using the law and politics for social justice and plans to attend law school after graduating. In his spare time, Kevin watches way too much reality TV.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
I think writing can be just as fun as it can be frustrating. My personal take is that writing is frustrating when we feel like we have to conform to someone else’s expectations, but it’s enjoyable when we can find a way to insert our own voice into a paper. I thought The Writing Center would be a good way to help other people discover the fun side of what would otherwise just be a tedious assignment.
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
I get to learn a little bit about everything. People come in with papers about everything from philosophy to art I’ve never heard of to books I’ve never read, and I have to act somewhat knowledgeable about the thing that they’ve written about, which leads to some really educational discussions for me
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Starting. If I don’t feel confident about the very first sentences I put down, I’ll keep going back to them and won’t be able to move on. My self-editing instinct is in fullest effect at the start of writing a paper.
What advice do you have for writers?
Write your thoughts even if you think they’re bad. Trust that your creative, literary instinct will find a coherent way to put those ideas together after a few drafts.